The number killed in Queens was particularly high, coming in at 11 deaths. Many of these accidents were between motor vehicles and pedestrians. Several others were accidents between cars and bikes. Many of these accidents were hit-and-run accidents.
Nearly 60% were killed by “major violators,” meaning they fled the scene, had at least three prior convictions, or did not have a valid driver’s license.
Transportation Alternatives is redesigning intersections for pedestrian safety and fortifying 50% of the plastic-protected bicycle lane barriers with sturdier protection. The Department of Transportation is working on a plan that will add 150 miles of dedicated bus lanes and 250 miles of protected bike lanes.
It’s vital for Queens residents to know their rights after losing a loved one to one of these accidents.
If your loved one was a pedestrian or cyclist engaged in a catastrophic or deadly accident, your loved one has rights. You may, too.
In a catastrophic accident a personal injury suit can help you recover medical bills, expenses, and lost wages. If you’ve lost your ability to work as a result of your accident then a personal injury lawyer can also help you get money for your loss of earning capacity. You also get compensation for your pain and suffering.
You will need an attorney. Catastrophic accidents can be extremely expensive. That means the car insurance company isn’t going to want to pay for the accident. They’re not going to do the right thing unless you show them you mean business.
Wrongful Death Suits
If your loved one died as a result of the accident and you’re the spouse, parent, or child of that loved one, then you can bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wrongful death claims include lost earnings, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and funeral expenses. If your loved one was in the hospital prior to dying the wrongful death suit can cover those expenses as well.
Get Help Today
The negligent party and their insurance company will try to wriggle out of paying these claims by stating that the accident was the fault of the pedestrian or cyclist. Don’t let them do this.
Call us for a no-obligation consultation to find out if you have a case. We can help you protect your rights and get compensation for your pedestrian or cyclist claim. We’re your Queens, NY personal injury specialists, and we’re here to help.